Unusual Hotels Around the World

Move away from a standard hotel room, do something unusual and experience something different. The following hotels rooms are so unusual that you won’t believe your eyes.

The Mirror Room – Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

The Mirror Room - Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin


Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico

Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico

Following part one of our choice of the world’s weirdest hotels, we present another selection of the planet’s most bizarre places to stay. Rooms at this hotel overlook a beautifully-restored bullfighting arena in the central Mexican city of Zacatecas.


The Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho, USA

The Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho, USA

Sleeping in the doghouse is no bad thing at this bed & breakfast, imaginatively set inside a 12ft beagle. Created by a pair of “chainsaw artists”, the lodgings benefit from a cozy alcove in the dog’s muzzle.


The Marmara Antalya, Turkey

The Marmara Antalya, Turkey

This revolving hotel is a feat of engineering. The 2750-ton building floats in a tank of water, allowing smooth rotation and giving guests constantly changing views of the Mediterranean.


Das Park Hotel, Linz, Austria

Das Park Hotel, Linz, Austria

Who would have thought concrete could be comfy? These renovated sewage pipes are, thankfully, clean and functional and sit on the banks of the Danube, making them a perfect post-industrial bolt hole.


Null Stern Hotel, Switzerland

Null Stern Hotel, Switzerland

This Swiss ‘zero star’ hotel offers a distinctly subterranean experience – inside a Cold War-era bunker.


The Old Jail, Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia

The Old Jail, Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia

Independently minded travellers who yawn in the face of “bright, airy and spacious” should check out this budget hostel.


Beckham Creek Cave Haven, USA

Beckham Creek Cave Haven, USA

Set in 530 acres of Arkansas rock, this cave hotel took four years to complete. It features central heating, Jacuzzis and even serves as a wedding venue.


The Old Jail, Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia

The Old Jail, Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia2

Inmates can expect secure lodgings and a yard to exercise in at the former prison where very little has changed – except that rooms can now be locked from the inside.


The Schneedorf, Austria

The Schneedorf, Austria

Essentially a giant igloo perched 2,700m up in the Tyrolean Alps, the Schneedorf entices visitors with sheepskin covered air mattresses and erotic ice sculptures.


Hostel Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Hostel Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Travellers who want jail time without compromising their sense of style should also check out the clean lines (well, there are lots of bars) at this converted prison in Slovenia.


Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel, Brazil

Ariau Amazon Towers Hotel, Brazil

35 miles from Manuas, this rainforest resort is built entirely at the level of the rainforest canopy.

Gruft – Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin


Gruft - Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

Deep sleepers should perhaps avoid the Gothic beds at this unique hotel in Berlin – or just opt for a less terrifying bed in the “labyrinth” part of the room below.


The hotel features four miles of walkways and a honeymoon suite, 110 feet up a mahogany tree.

The hotel features four miles of walkways and a honeymoon suite, 110 feet up a mahogany tree.


Two Lions – Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

Two Lions - Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

The hotel offers themed abodes ranging from the tame to the extreme. The Two Lions room, complete with cages, has a two-way mirror into the next room for real exhibitionists.


Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Spain

Hotel Marqués De Riscal, Spain

This stunning Frank Gehry-designed hotel sits in the town of Elciego, in the heart of Spain’s Rioja wine-growing region.


Upside Down – Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

Upside Down - Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

The rooms are created by German artist Lars Stroschen with the aim of altering guests’ perceptions, something this “upside-down” room certainly achieves.


The Old Railway Station, UK

The Old Railway Station, UK

A trainspotter’s paradise on the outskirts of Chichester, this hotel is comprised of four converted railway carriages, each transformed into a pair of suites.


Wrapped – Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

Wrapped - Propeller Island City Lodge, Berlin

Other rooms in this “living work of art” allow guests the chance to sleep in a padded cell, under Nordic runes, or down a mine shaft.


Jumbo Hostel, Sweden

Jumbo Hostel, Sweden

“Spend the night onboard a real jumbo jet – on the ground!” The Jumbo Hostel’s website says it all, really.


The Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park, Waitomo, New Zealand

The Hobbit Motel, Woodlyn Park, Waitomo, New Zealand

Put aside your preconceptions of the soulless motel – these Lord of The Rings-inspired rooms invoke homely charms suitable for the most discerning of hobbits.


Crazy Bear, UK

Crazy Bear, UK

Now boasting three hotels in London, Oxford and the commuter town of Beaconsfield, the Crazy Bear provides flamboyant design and eclectic style.


Crane Hotel, Harlingen, Netherlands

Crane Hotel, Harlingen, Netherlands

When choosing a hotel conversion, a shipping crane is unlikely to be the first option that springs to mind.


Winvian, USA

Winvian, USA

The 18 cottages at this Connecticut resort each offer a different design theme.


Crane Hotel, Harlingen, Netherlands

Crane Hotel, Harlingen, Netherlands2

But with a swish interior, rotating sea views and splendid sense of isolation, you can forgive this hotel’s less-than-glamourous dockside location.


Dream Cave Hotel, Turkey

Dream Cave Hotel, Turkey

Just one of a number of cave hotels in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, the Dream Cave features four rooms built inside the famous ‘fairy chimneys’


Capsule Hotel, The Hague, Netherlands

Capsule Hotel, The Hague, Netherlands

Unusual but indestructible, these orange “survival pods” were previously used on oil rig platforms and can be floated in different locations. A James Bond version boasts a DVD player and a Martini-making set.


The Treehouse, UK

The Treehouse, UK

The Treehouse, in Cornwall’s Deerpark Forest, comes with wonky-angled doors, higgledy-piggledy roof tiles and a great big oak tree growing right up through its middle.


The Poseidon Resort, Bahamas

The Poseidon Resort, Bahamas

Rooms at the Poseidon Resort lie 40 feet underwater, encased in a 4-inch acrylic outer casing, giving guests a glimpse of life under the sea.


The Library Hotel, USA

The Library Hotel, USA

This luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan has one obvious twist. Each floor is dedicated to a different category in the Dewey Decimal Classification system. For example, the ninth floor contains only books in the ‘900s’ of the Dewey system. A librarian’s dream.

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